Smithfield: Sports

Corinth Holders rules the air, tops C.B. Aycock

C.B. Aycock’s mascot may be the Golden Falcons, but it was Cole Sakowski who spent the night in the air Friday. Sakowski threw for 294 yards on 24-for-29 passing and four touchdowns to lead Corinth Holders to a 26-21 victory.

Sakowski threw two touchdown strikes to Hampton Smith, and one apiece to Dymon Walker and Tony Kirkwood.

Sakowski’s 294-yard performance negated Neil Clark’s 188-yard rushing effort for Aycock. Clark rushed for two touchdowns, with his second score drawing the Golden Falcons to within 26-21 with less than a minute remaining.

The two offenses combined for more than 700 yards with the Falcons rushing for 213 yards.

Corinth Holders held a 13-7 lead after Sakowski’s touchdown pass to Kirkwood only to see Aycock barrel down the field late in the half to claim a 14-13 lead.

The Pirates (4-1) answered on a nine-play, 69-yard drive which culminated with Smith’s second touchdown catch, a 16-yarder.

Both teams botched opportunities in the second half as Corinth Holders struggled to close out its red-zone chances.

“I was proud of the way the team held up,” Corinth Holders coach Barry Honeycutt said. “We just need to work on our red-zone execution.”

However, the Pirates’ defense was up to the challenge, holding the Golden Falcons without points twice inside of the 30-yard line.

Clark’s late touchdown came after a Pirates’ turnover on downs inside the Aycock 10.

Kirkwood led Corinth Holders with 77 yards receiving, while Tori Carmichael added 75 and Smith 62.